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Helping your Child Improve their Minds Flexibility and Concentration

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Helping your Child Improve their Minds Flexibility and Concentration





The brain like the skeletal muscles need exercise to stay healthy and strong. This article will show you how you can help your child tone their minds flexibility and concentration.


When your body's muscles aren’t used they atrophy and waste away. This is what happens to the brain when it is not exercised. The first activity I would like your child to try activates the brain and gets it exercising. The goal is to join these dots with 4 straight lines. With this activity your child needs to think outside of the box……



                                                                                9 dots



Give it a go and try it now………… How did you go? Were you able to do it….. To find the answer, scroll down to the bottom left side of this article. If you didn’t get the answer that is OK as the brain changes constantly and can be improved with a mental workout that focuses on mind flexibility and concentration.


Mental Flexibility


Mental flexibility involves challenging the brain to think outside of its comfort zone. For example, look at the diagram below. Encourage your child to think of as many ideas as they can on what the diagram represents; no matter how silly the ideas are. There are no right or wrong answers with this challenge. The goal is to keep count of the ideas they can come up with in 5 seconds. Five or more responses is fantastic………..                                  







This drawing is known as a droodle (www.brainbashers.com) and is a good benchmark for judging mental flexibility because you have to stretch the mind to come up with ideas. Research shows that as your child thinks of different ideas, the brain is forced to find different neural networks outside of the ones that are typically used, increasing the capacity of the brain to be flexible to new ideas and processes (Streeter, 2004).




Concentration is controlled by the prefrontal cortex. To test concentration ask your child this question?


How many animals was Moses able to bring onto the Ark?


Did your child answer 2….. If so your child is incorrect… Ask the question again but this time change Moses to Noah…..


That is right, it was Noah not Moses that God asked to bring the animals onto the Ark.


What this question demonstrates is the loophole that exists in your brain which causes problems when your brain jumps to conclusions and answer questions to quickly. What generally happens with this question is the brain tries to answer it, searching the brain database of biblical knowledge and forgets to assess the finer details of the question. To strengthen concentration, it is important to teach your child to slow down and process all of the information in the question by taking the time needed to assess the finer details (National Geographic Channel, 2013).


Lets try it again but this time encourage your child to listen to all of the information carefully and process the detail….


Walter the Whale eats lots of Krill and every day doubles in size. On day 20 Walter the Whale grows to full maturity. On which day does Walter reach ½ of full maturity?


Again.. encourage your children to think about the question and process all of the information…..

Do they have the answer…. Did they answer 10 days as this is incorrect…. I have posted the answer at the bottom right of the page.

The main words in the question that your child needs to concentrate on ‘Is every day doubles in size’ This means that on day 20 the whale has double in size from day 19.


At times, it is important for mental concentration, to sweat the small detailed stuff. Taking the time and processing all of the information will ensure that key points aren’t missed or forgotten. To further assist your child’s concentration, research also shows that physical exercise like martial arts integrates mind and body which can help your child improve concentration and generate new ideas (National Geographic Channel, 2013).






National Geographic Channel (2013): Brain Games Episode 2


Streeter, K. (2004) Critical Thinking For Multiple Learning Styles: Grades 4-8:

Teacher Created Resources










answer 9 dots







19 Days

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